Admittedly, I've seen little sun in recent weeks, holed up as I've been in my basement kitchen prepping for the OSSAS. That said, it's altogether possible that autumn arrived in Missouri long before now and I was simply oblivious.
We could debate the season's punctuality, but there's no doubt its nip was in the air as I emerged today groundhog-like, squinty-eyed and stodgy with decorating paralysis, into the bright, bold reality of non-cookie life. (Turns out, a little Vitamin D-therapy was just what I needed. Gone, at least temporarily, are those annoying lapses in creativity!)
You may not see the signs of fall that I do (after all, our members are everywhere!), but surely you've seen the cornucopia of seasonal cookies that have recently hit this site. Today we honor the first of fall's abundant harvest with this week's crop of outstanding autumn cookies.*
Hint, hint: There are several more weeks of fall ahead of us, so keep those seasonal contributions coming!
#1: Toadstool Cake with Cookies by De Koekenbakkers
#2: The True Vine by Midolly CAMUS
#3: Halloween Gingerbread by LSchuy
#4: Autumn Variety by Melissa at The Occasional Cookie
#5: Little Miss Mushroom by Vanina at Viva la Tarta [EDITOR'S NOTE: I think I see a toadstool theme emerging!]
#6: Fall Housewarming Cookies by Mike at Semi Sweet
#7: Pumpkin Wagon Cookies by Hani at Haniela's
#8: End of Summer-Early Fall Roses by Tina at Sugar Wishes
#9: Little Lord Mushroom by Vanina at Viva la Tarta [EDITOR'S NOTE: Congrats on your second win of the week, Vanina! Really well done!]
#10: Haunted Gingerbread House by De Koekenbakkers [EDITOR'S NOTE: And, woo hoo! Another second-time winner of the week!]
* As a reminder, a word about how the rankings are determined: The rankings are not at all subjective. In fact, they are determined essentially by you, our members, and the activity (number of views, likes, and comments) you've bestowed on each photo. The site uses a top-secret algorithm that weighs these various factors to determine which photos are trending most quickly (i.e., are the "hottest") over specified periods of time. As such, the hot list at the time of this announcement may look a little different a few hours or a day from now as more photos are added to the site. But what you see here is who was hottest over the previous week at the time of this post!
So that no one has an unfair advantage in making it onto a hot list, the algorithm is secret even to site administrators. Only our platform developers know the code, which has been exhaustively tested by those developers and Cookie Connection staff.
All photos shown here are the courtesy (and copyright) of the designers listed.
To check out our other hot lists, at any time of day, visit our Hot Spot, also found in the site's main navigation line.